#WithToysinMind

Mental health and wellbeing is something that has touched everyone in one form or another. According to the UK National Health Service, 1 in 6 people experience common mental health issues such as anxiety or depression in any given week.* I’ve suffered with both depression and anxiety since I was …

Smorgasporg

In my last post I wrote about marvelling at the articulated toys gang and their elaborate and precise posing of their toys at the Oregon Toy Photo Safari. But a couple of toys with zero points of articulation won my heart and are currently my favourite toy photography subjects. I …

Downtime

The instant that little NO SERVICE materialized at the top of my phone as Dave and I rolled into that deceptively picturesque beach town in Oregon, I was like, Oh fuck.  I’ve made a huge mistake. How will I yelp the best gelato? Compare brunch menus?? Sniff out where the …

Attic Raiding – Legacy Lenses

Depending on your age, you, or your Dad/Mum/Uncle/Auntie/Pa/Granny/etc may have some optical treasures lurking in an old trunk in the attic. Or maybe they are in that closet that threatens to engulf you with old boxes when you open the door. You may be a thrift shop devotee that spies …

Which comes first?

I often ask myself which comes first: the quote or the image? If you’ve been following my personal social media accounts for any length of time you know I enjoy pairing quotes with my images. But which comes first? Do the quotes find existing images or do the quotes inspire …

Toys on Vacation

Who doesn’t like to take toys on vacation? Its fun to think about packing specific toys that reflect a particular holiday destination. Taking toys on holiday is a recurring theme in all of our toy writings here on the blog. Recently Brett talked about the difficulty of choosing toys for …

A Reminder…

This is a reminder about the Series 18 Minifigures contest on Instagram that we’re running with the LEGO Minifigures team and the LEGO group. The contest runs until May 21st. That’s the day I arrive in the US for the Oregon Toy Photo Safari. That means Shelly and I can …

Magic and Madness

The Oregon Toy Photo Safari is weeks away and I’m brimming with excitement to meet new folks, catch up with returning attendees, take lots of toy photos, and raid other people’s toy boxes! I live in Portland, a couple hours inland from the Coast where the meet-up is based, so …

Dino and I

I bought a toy dinosaur last week. In fact, I bought quite a few new toys, but the dinosaur is the only one who has made it out to play. I’ve fallen in toy love, all other toys (temporarily) abandoned in favour of this new flavour. I really love my …

Humility in a Toy Box

Humility is a word often overlooked in toy photography. Or maybe it’s forgotten. But when acts of humility occur, it reawakens my faith in the strength of the toy photography community. humility /hjʊˈmɪlɪti/ noun – the quality of having a modest view of one’s importance – freedom from pride or …

#ArtvsArtist

#ArtvsArtist. Have you heard of this tag? If you haven’t its one of those “tag your it” type of games that are common on Instagram. This one asks you to show yourself with some of your favorite photos. It’s a chance for your followers to see the person behind the …

Another Series 18 Contest!

Toy Photographers have been invited to work with the LEGO Minifigures team and the LEGO group, together with other toy photography communities, on a Series 18 Minifigures contest on Instagram. The Contest The contest runs from April 16th until May 21st. The idea of the contest is to celebrate the …